A “sweet and innocent” New Hampshire girl who has missing for almost three years There is a murder victim, although her remains have not yet been found, officials said on Thursday.
Harmony Montgomery was likely to be killed early in manchester December 2019, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella told reporters.
The state’s top prosecutor said investigators have uncovered “biological evidence” that “led us to this difficult and sad conclusion.”
“It is now officially a murder investigation,” Formella said. “Our investigators will continue to seek justice and look into the circumstances of Harmony’s murder and search for her remains.”
Prosecutor and Manchester Police Chief Alan Aldenburg did not question or elaborate on the evidence that led him to announce the little girl’s death.
Thursday’s development comes more than seven months after police in Manchester, New Hampshire, said they learned for the first time that harmony had not been seen for two years.
The girl has not been seen since 2019, but police said they only learned that she was missing in December when she was 5 years old.
Aldenburg called the victim a “sweet and innocent 8-year-old girl.”
Authorities appealed for the public’s help in finding the girl’s remains and identifying her killer.
“Now is the time. Time to step up and do the right thing and call that tip line,” Aldenburg said.
“Harmony is a sweet and innocent baby girl who deserves to be brought home to her family and friends.”
Harmony was in the custody of her father, Adam Montgomery, when she was last seen in late November 2019, New Hampshire law enforcement officials have said.
According to court documents, Adam Montgomery was charged with assault in June 2019 after an uncle allegedly gave Harmony a black eye.
Kayla Montgomery has been Kalyan accused of fraud and collecting more than $1,500 in food stamp benefits for Harmony, even though the girl was no longer living at their home.
Harmony was born in Massachusetts but spent most of her life in the custody of that state’s Department of Children and Families, according to a report From the State Office of the Children’s Advocate.
According to the Child Advocate Agency, Harmony’s mother, Krystal Sori, and father had substance abuse problems. In February 2019, a court granted custody to Adam Montgomery, a resident of New Hampshire.
Soare contacted Manchester Police in November 2021 and said she was calm but Adam Montgomery was blocking all her attempts at communication, and the last time she saw her daughter on a video call was in April 2019, according to a police affidavit. .
Harmony, Adam and Kayla Montgomery, and the couple’s two other children were evicted from a Manchester home on November 27, 2019, and people reported seeing harmony with them in the following days, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General. the office Told,
But in early December, it appeared that harmony was no longer with them, the office said.
According to court documents, Kayla Montgomery told investigators that Adam Montgomery informed her in late 2019 that Harmony was going to live with her mother.
According to a police affidavit filed in his case, Adam Montgomery reportedly told police that Soares picked up the girl in Manchester.
Sore has said that she was Trying to find her daughter since April 2019 And she reached out to nearby schools and the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth, and Families. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Since late December, police and others have requested information, a reward of $60,000 was awarded and volunteers Joined in search of any clues.